"Georgia is a strong partner of OSCE in resolving conflicts, as well as within the OSCE concept of security encompassing 3 dimensions”- the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ann Linde said following her meeting with the Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani.
According to the Swedish diplomat, Georgia and OSCE should play an important role in establishing peace and security in the region. She reaffirmed strong support for Georgia’s constructive participation in this significant effort.
Ann Linde stressed that active engagement in Russia-Georgia conflict resolution process is one of the key priorities of the Swedish chairmanship of OSCE.
In her words, the challenges facing the European security should be resolved by adhering to OSCE principles and commitments, as well as through dialogue and engagement. “OSCE has long been playing an important role in Georgia through its active engagement in the Geneva International Discussions and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism. We hope that we can provide an important assistance to the conflict-affected population and enact an instrument needed for a dialogue and de-escalation of the conflict and strengthen the democratic institutions of Georgia” - Ann Linde said.
According to Ann Linde, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, Co-chair of the Geneva International Discussions, Annika Söder will play an important role in this regard.
Within the framework of her visit to Georgia, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office will hold meetings with the Georgian President, Salome Zourabichvili, Speaker of Parliament, Archil Talakvadze, the Georgian PM, Giorgi Gakharia. Ann Linde is also to visit the village of Khurvaleti.
The Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Mikheil Sarjveladze hosted the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, H.E. Petr Mikyska to discuss the directions and priorities of the Committee.
"It was an interesting and fruitful meeting. We introduced to the Ambassador the strategy and main directions of our Committee's activities. Special emphasis was placed on the protection of the rights of persons in the occupied territories and, in this regard, the need for important steps in the international arena to force the occupying state and, consequently, the criminal group operating directly in the occupied territories to retreat, for example, in the case of Zaza Gakheladze.
Among other priorities, it is important to ensure the standards set out in the Association Agenda for the protection of human rights, which should be typical of a country with a claim to Europeanness. In this regard, the Ambassador expressed commitment and desire to be involved in this process and participate in planning various joint projects", - M. Sarjveladze commented.
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